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Ten months ago, as local businesses struggled to recover from the crushing burden of the pandemic, Remia Moore jumped at the chance and opened her second store in the town of Emporia. Moore, already the owner of afterschool community center Kare Kids on Halifax Street, launched Lillian’s Rentals, Decor, and More in May 2021.

“We provide complete event planning and decoration,” said Moore. “We also rent out tables, chairs, tents, bedding and various party equipment.”

If you’ve never heard of Lillian’s, that’s because there really wasn’t a big opening. Due to the circumstances at the time, Moore was unable to hold a “Grand Opening”.

Despite this, Lillian has managed to thrive and find clients far beyond Emporia and Greensville County.

“We’ve actually traveled to Farmville, we sometimes go to North Carolina, Franklin, Southampton County, Brunswick County, Lawrenceville, Crewe,” Moore said. “So we’re pretty flexible when it comes to travel.”

Two things immediately catch your eye when you first enter Lillian’s at its location in the Emporia Shopping Center on North Main Street. The first is Lillian’s logo on the front door – a lotus flower which, along with the store’s name, has deep symbolic meaning.

“My grandmother’s name is Lillian Tyler Manning. She was born and raised here in Emporia,” Moore said. “I have the lotus as a symbol because it is so strong for our family.”

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Lilian is also the mother of Greensville County High School women’s basketball coach Sharon Manning-Randolph — who is, by extension, Remia’s aunt.

The second thing that catches your eye is Lillian’s collection of rather large stuffed animals, which are located by the front window. Don’t worry, they’re not real – these are props for themed birthday parties, which are among Moore’s most popular services.

“The wilderness is popular [theme]’ Moore said. “When children turn one year old [parents] Get the animals and they’ve got this fake markup of wild safari things. That’s what the animals are for.”

After losing a chance at a grand opening last year, Lillian’s Rentals plans to hold an open house on May 29th — complete with a ribbon cutting. If you haven’t had a chance to try their services yet, this is your chance.

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